Q: Door Mirrors for 1968
Was there an optional passenger side side view mirror available and how do I find the correct one for my car. Were there two different kinds used in 68: 1967 mirrors on some of the firebirds in 1968 and some 1968 mirrors on others. How do I find out which ones I need? To make matters worse I need the remote type for the drivers side.
A: …In 1968, all cars came standard with a LH (drivers) Side-View Mirror. Remote Control Side View Mirror was optional.
3909197 1967 F O/S Mirror (LH) exc. rem.
9787901 1968 F, 1967-1968 T, P O/S Mirror (LH) exc. rem. (round) 1st type
3914753 1968 F O/S Mirror (LH) exc. rem. (square) 2nd type
3899857 1967 F O/S Mirror (LH) remote ctrl.
9792565 1968 F O/S Mirror (LH) remote ctrl. (round)
3934583 1968 F O/S Mirror (LH) remote ctrl. (square)
*The rectangular (square) 2nd Type Std. Mirror came into Production after Jan.1968 (This may have been Gov’t Reg. related)
*There were (2) Different LH Door Outer Panels as a result of this styling change due to stamping differences. Mounting Bracket is also different.
*There was an Accessory Pkg. for LH Remote Ctrl. Mirror in ’67/’68… 984758 (ALL) 984752 (Pont.) 984974 (Temp.)
*I’m sure many Dealers sold a matching RH (pass.) Mirror however, there was no separate part number for this; they simply used a LH Mirror (exc. remote)
…Repro’s are available. Std. Mirror is same for all F,T,P. Remote Mirror is NOT the same as Tempest or Full-Size as many used parts dealers try to say.
…Actually, they used a ROUND and RECTANGULAR Style (*see above*) The 1967 Std. (or Rem.) mirror was not used for 1968 Firebird production. I’ve seen some very early ’68’s and they have 1968 style mirrors.
…Based on your Build Date. I’d say if it’s after Jan. 1968, go with the rectangular style This is where a Survey of owner’s would help confirm this ‘running’ change’
…I’m hearing that a repro is underway for other year/application remote mirrors besides the ‘Chevy’ style that is out there. There are NOS one’s floating around; expect to pay Hemmings Prices ($200-$350). Remember, the Mirror Housing itself is the same for 1968 Firebird, Tempest, Full-Size; however, the pedestal (base) is not.
A: …From preliminary research within the Registry Files, I’ve found that the 2nd Type (Rectangular) S.V. Mirror was being installed as early as the 2nd Week in Dec. ’67. Infact, two particular Firebirds in the Registry are very close in Build Sequence; both built the 2nd week in Dec. and one having the Round Mirror, the other with the Rectangular Mirror. Both are documented, original unrestored cars.
A: The 1967 and 1968 Firebird Remote Mirrors are different. The ‘left-over’ rule did not apply. I’ve never seen a documented 1968 Firebird with a 1967 Mirror. 1967 had a larger, longer Base while 1968 was rather stubby. The 1968 Firebird Mirror is not the same as the 1968 Camaro. Also, keep in mind that all other Pontiac Remote Mirrors in 1968 appear to be the same but upon closer inspection, the base is definitely different (different casting numbers too). The Round Mirror Housing itself is the same. Cable Length varied depending on Model.
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